Access to proper healthcare should be available to everyone regardless of age, gender, or race. Had 19-year-old Sophie Jones received the proper treatment, she may not have died from cervical cancer.
Sophie Jones was denied the smear test that could have saved her life because she was 16, an age considered too young to receive such medical testing in England. Her mother is now fighting to lower the age to receive smear tests from 25 to 16.
Doctors told Sophie that she was too young to get cervical cancer, even though she was complaining about severe stomach pains that started in February 2013. Instead of doing the quick smear test for the young girl, doctors sent her to a gastroenterologist and told her she had Crohn’s disease.
A gynecologist finally saw Jones this past November, but it was unfortunately too late. The cervical cancer, that Jones undeniably had, spread throughout her stomach, and she died this week.
Sophie’s mother, Peri, is pushing the British government to lower the age for smear tests to 16 if a patient requests one. The fact that women have to be 25 to even receive the test is baffling. Reports that stated girls in their teens cannot get cervical cancer was just disproved with Sophie’s case, and the British government has some serious reformations they need to make with their women’s healthcare.